Cardinals rookie Ryan Swope retiring due to concussion issues

In a sad development, Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Ryan Swope has been placed on the reserve-retired list due to his concussion problems that have plagued him since his Texas A&M days.

Swope was a promising prospect drafted in the sixth round.

The Cardinals knew that Swope was a bit of a risk, but wanted to take the chance when they drafted him.

Unfortunately, it didn't work out.

“We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said “But weighing all the elements — the medical information available, the particular position in the draft — it was a decision we were comfortable making. As it turned out, he had a setback after he got here. Over the course of the subsequent evaluations, we all decided that Ryan’s long-term well-being was the number-one priority and this was the best course to take.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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